About The Band: A buzzing indie-rock trio from Brooklyn, NY. Comprised of three award winning singer/songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalists, the unique coalescence of their unique styles is worth a listen.
Our brand new single “November Beaches” is our first release since this project became a band and it is the perfect blend of all of our unique styles. The track is best defined as bouncy nostalgia.
The atmospheric synthscape crafted by Hans, the hard hitting nuanced drums that Pat layed down, and cadence focussed vocal inflections crafted a brand new gritty indie-rock sound that has already seen it featured on Spotify’s “Home of Indie: playlist to over 1.9 million listeners.
For any of our readers who are unfamiliar with yourselves tell us a little bit about your band.
Tyler: We are Between Giants – an Indie Rock trio from Brooklyn. We make dope music for even doper people. Also Hans our keyboardist is a babe. Check us out.
What was your earliest memory of music that peaked your interest?
Tyler: I had a musical family, so I was around music from a super young age. But the band dream came after watching Green Day’s live concert footage from milton keys. “A Bullet in a Bible” was the title. I made a punk-pop band literally the next week.
Hans: I played as a kid but never cared much about the songs I was learning. I heard Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen and had to play it.
Who was the first album / single you purchased?
Tyler: Please forgive me – I know this should be a milestone but my memory is shit. I got a lot of old records from my father, but I have no idea which was the first.
Hans: I purchased myself can’t remember, maybe something by Akon or Lil Wayne.
When did you first pick up your respective instrument / or start singing?
Tyler: Super young – that I know for sure.
Hans: When I was young I took piano lessons. But didn’t really get interested in learning it until I was 13.
What route did you take with your music / instrument / lessons / music school / self-taught and any fond memories of that journey?
Tyler: I have been in lots of bands over the years – it has been a wild ride. Between Giants is definitely my passion project though. Love the people in it and also the music we are making. I have the logo tattoo’d on my body, so you can tell it really does mean a lot.
I have some lessons that helped me with reading music and proper posture for piano. But the rest is self taught. I got into production and began making songs with friends. I’m really excited to be part of a band with such talented people. Were going to make some great records.
Who were your hero’s as a young musician that inspired and pushed you to want to be a musician too?
Tyler: Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day really kicked things off for me. After that, well anyone who has made it in the industry inspire me in some way or another.
Hans: I think J. Cole, Freddie Mercury and Kanye West
Is there one particular album or song that gave you a “Eureka” moment from your youth that made you want to be a musician?
Hans: Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen and Liebestraum III by Franz Liszt.
What was the best gig you’ve ever attended?
One of my favorite so far was the show we did at Rockwood Music Hall. It was stripped down and nice to play on a piano.
Do you have any musical guilty pleasures?
Tyler: I enjoy pretending I am both characters in the musical “Next To Normal”. So probably that. Actually – definitely that.
Hans: I like uploading weird sounds in a sampling pad and making them into a strange synth, rarely does it sound good.
So any new music in the works currently or just released?
Tyler: Our brand new single “November Beaches” just dropped this last Saturday. It was featured on a major Spotify playlist with over 1.9 million followers. Check it out!
Where and when did you record it?
Hans: We recorded it at all three of our places. We record in house.
How does the song writing process generally work for you?
Hans: Just trying to let the flow be as natural as possible. I do not like trying to force something in to sound like something else. I usually build chord progressions on piano or guitar.
What route have you taken to build up and establish a fan base locally & beyond your local area?
For local fans it has just been the constant grind. Always having a show lined up, always staying active on social media. For everything else it is just putting out quality music and submitting to playlist curators!
What is the music scene like locally to you and where do you fit in?
Tyler: It’s New York City baby!!! There is music everywhere. The awesome thing about the city culture is that anyone can fit in anywhere. Everyone is super open. The arts community is just as much a melting pot as the rest of the city!
Do you feel there are enough venues around you to help promote and establish up and coming bands like yourself?
Hans: Personally I feel there are since there are a ton of different venues in NYC.
What would you like to see ideally to help hard working bands / artists get better exposure and opportunities to make a living form their craft?
I wish that people sought out new live music more. Playlist curators do a good job exposing people to new sounds, but I think that communities aren’t as likely to go check out a local rock show compared to how things used to be.
What is the best piece of advice you have received on your journey thus far?
Hans: To be good at your job. Make great music and everything else will follow.
What would you say has been the biggest lesson you have learnt on your journey to date?
With the music industry always constantly changing – how have you had to adapt to the ever-changing landscape?
Hans: Just to never stop learning. Learn something new if its a new instrument, mixing or booking.
Does the introduction of New Technology / Digital Age / Social Media etc enhance your life as a musician or do you feel it can be more of a hindrance?
Tyler: I think it is amazing. I love being able to connect with people around the world. Our Spotify rundown from last year said we have listeners in 56 countries. That is absolutely insane to me!
So moving forward what’s next for you?
Tyler: Keep grinding – more new music, more shows, and definitely a tour.
How do you see the evolution of the band / yourself as an artist?
Tyler: We all make eachother better. Each of us brings a fresh perspective and skillset to the table. The band is constantly forming between the push and pull of our collaboration.
Do you have any short-term or long-term goals in mind?
Hans: short term for me is getting to release more songs, long term would be to be able to play at huge venues.
If you could tour with any band or artists who would that be?
Hans: I would really like to tour with The 1975 or this band Orchards.
Tyler: The 1975 would be a dream come true.
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